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Grilled Cheese Restaurant, GCDC, Coming to 1730 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

by Prince Of Petworth — August 6, 2013 at 11:11 pm 28 Comments

1730 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

A new dining option is coming to those who work near the White House. According to a recent liquor license application – GCDC will be:

“A quick service grilled cheese restaurant offering high-end gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches accompanied with tatter tots, soup, or salad with 42 seats and occupancy load of 85. Sidewalk café with 25 seats.”

1730 Pennsylvania Ave is located right near the Chop’t and Starbucks and across the street from Jimmy John’s.


  • Anonymous

    10 months

    • lesserlesserwashington

      Six days…tops.

  • monkeyrotica

    I give it six.

  • monkeyrotica

    Looks like Spike’s law enforcement themed fromagerie “Cheese It, The Cops!” is in for some competition.

  • JPK

    That building must be cursed

  • DC20009

    What next?

    A breakfast cereal restaurant?
    A peanut butter and jelly sandwiches food truck?

    We are truly living in a golden age.

  • Anonymous

    @JPK – I’m guessing that it’s more of a function of how much the building owners demand for rent there.

  • ET

    They are going to have sell A LOT of grilled cheese to cover that rent. … And do it just over the lunch time. What may be good for a food truck with low overhead, may (is not) necessarily work at a stand alone – particularly one with HIGH overhead.

  • Grilled cheese

    I agree, which is why concepts like this are so head slapping.

    I am sure the rent is expensive, but it isn’t like the grilled cheese folks don’t know what it is. The lease they signed had every expense and the monthly costs laid out for the duration of the lease. People always blame the landlord with the “rent is too high”, but it isn’t like the renters didn’t know exactly what their commitment was. Folks just don’t do their own due diligence. It’s like they don’t sit down and say “damn, I’m gonna have to sell 150 $10 dollar grilled cheeses per day just to make rent, I will have to sell more to make payroll and profit.

    No, they just sign the lease and jump into the deep end. Hilarious

  • brookland_rez

    I work around the corner so I might stick my head in the door when it opens. I agree a restaurant specializing in grilled cheese sounds pretty stupid.

  • bb

    The idea is patently ridiculous and economically unfeasible. At the same time, though, I’m salivating. So there you have it.

  • ZetteZelle

    The fact that they’ve applied for a liquor license is what’s key. I work a few blocks away & might try to organize a happy hour there, depending on the ambience.

  • njb510

    It’s possible it could survive if it modeled itself after Melt in Cleveland…but I doubt it will be anything like that.

  • monkeyrotica

    You mean golden SHOWER age. AMIRITE?

  • ClevelandDave

    Actually, the concept has been around for a while and it has been fairly successful, particularly in cold weather. For example in Cleveland there is Melt:


    Though certainly the rents are a lot higher here…

    Just sayin’

  • kken

    I also have to wonder what the landlord is thinking when they let concept restaurants sign leases like these. I am so not familiar with the way that type of commercial leasing works… is it just a case of having a bad tenant better than empty space? What’s the point of having these leases signed if the business just fails long before these multi-year leases are up?

  • bbdc

    Survival will depend on if they can attract a drinking crowd and if they focus on grilled cheese but also offer other food.

  • Anonymous

    Now I have seen it all…..

  • officedrone

    I work close to this location and that space has been empty for something like seven years, maybe more. As a result, I’m happy to see someone moving in. I like grilled cheese and i’m not against the idea, so I’ll check it out. Double bonus if it sells a variety of homemade soups w the grilled cheeses. (ARE YOU READING OWNERS?!) More importantly, I hope the bar is good, because the only other close by option is the Exchange, which is a kickball & flip-cup infested hellhole during the warmer months and generally a mediocre bar the other months.

    That said, it didn’t take upper-crust pizza (across the street) long to close shop, and it had an alcohol license too.

  • irene

    I think it’s wonderful to serve authentic comfort food… and a happy hour is clever.
    How can you judge a casual dining place without even seeing it constructed let alone eating their food!

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  • Anonymous

    I think the general negative responses on this thread are a reflection of the notion that today’s young Washingtonians have a higher self image than what mere cheese sandwiches suggest. Lesser souls in places like Cleveland should settle for that. But not Washingtonians.

  • Jon

    I work in this building and I just don’t understand where they are going to put that much outdoor seating and still have some resemblance of a walking path in the sidewalk.

    Also, the place must be really deep since its not that wide. And who wants to sit and eat while cars and slowly entering and exiting he parking garage.

  • Carl

    Looks fun

  • Anonymous

    “I think it’s wonderful to serve authentic comfort food”

    I never thought of grilled cheese as comfort food. More like something you eat when you’re poor/desperate/have limited cooking skills. Maybe someone should open a military-themed restaurant serving “authentic” MREs.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take healthy creative grilled cheese and tomato soup over all these cupcake places!
    Plus happy hour appeals to me

  • meamop

    they have a shop like this in Baltimore and it’s AMAZING. I think it could do well, but should be somewhere like DuPont where more young people frequent.

  • Anonymous

    How can grilled cheese be healthy? Even if you stuff it with vegetables, it still has to involve cheese and bread.


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